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Old 12-16-2008, 10:54 AM
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Are there any neighborhoods in D.C. where it is very unsafe, particularly for women?
I'll be in D.C. in January and am wondering where I should avoid going (alone) as a young female (not too young, 26) all big cities have those notorious sections, I'm just curious to know D.C.'s no-no zone.
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Old 12-17-2008, 05:43 PM
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It's kind of hard to answer. There is always danger if you walk alone in the middle of the night. I think you can tell if you walk into an "unsafe" (or just uncomfortable) area..... I haven't spent anytime in the east of Capital Hill because I was told it's not as safe as west side. But I am sure people live there feel safe in certain places.

Just avoid dark alleys and stay on main roads...... I don't think I help much. Sorry!
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:16 AM
Location: DC
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I don't know if there's any area that's particularly less safe for women. If you're visiting as a tourist, most of the dangerous areas will hold no interest for you (large parts of NE and SE outside of Capitol Hill, Anacostia, etc). Just be aware, don't stumble around drunk at 3am, and if you're unsure just get a cab. Oftentimes if I'm out after 11 and more than a 10-minute walk home I'll just take a cab (for as much convenience as safety).
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:35 AM
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Apparently it's even unsafe to be a media figure and stand in front of fancy hotel waiting for a cab--see my other thread.
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:57 PM
Location: DC
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(at night) Near a metro station is usually OK. Streets where there are no retail shops / board-ups or broken over-head lights can be trouble, unless you look like you know EXACTLY where you are going & that you belong there and above all, your radar is up. Typically, women walk with a purpose when alone and where there is sparse foot traffic... some locations just have a subtle vibe & there is very little that can be done, except keep moving.
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:31 PM
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Eh Anacostia isn't that dangerous of an area for women IMO and I have been alone in my area at like 3am coming home drunk.....friend of mine isn't more than 95lbs sometimes leaves my home alone at 1am and has a 10 minute walk to her house alone and aside from some idiots trying too hard to hit on her it never gets any worse then that.....but I digress other then anacostia being of one those dangerous neighborhoods I co-sign with juniper. I mean but at night it's usually a really good idea to avoid going pretty much anywhere alone so it really it kind of hard to answer if you're worried about eh particular neighborhoods.
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:29 AM
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Whenever I am in Dc I make sure my car doors are always lock and windows are always up. DC is a city and I feel anything can happen to any one in DC no matter if you are in the safe areas or not so safe areas. If I have to see my clients at their homes in DC I make sure my husband come along with me.
DC is by block one block might seem safe then the next block unsafe.

You can never walk around thinking you will be 100% safe. No matter who comes in office in DC the city will always have crime issues.
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Old 12-20-2008, 10:45 AM
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Ok, if I was to make a list of neighborhoods from safest to less so I'd have something like this. This is based on sort of a bias, not on any stats, and focuses mainly on NW. I'd love to hear of some areas in NE / SE and how they compare (or would fit in on other people's lists). Some of these might be moved around but I figured this is a good start.

Spring Valley
Wesley Height
Chevy Chase
Cleveland Park
AU Park
Woodley Park
Glover Park
West End
Adams Morgan
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:41 AM
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This may help, as you can see...there's big landmarks...16th street, big increase...but not much in chinatown (heard the area has really improved recently?)...then it starts up again after 395 (minus union station -- they better keep that safe...2nd busiest station in the country)

Murders Year-To-Date in Washington, DC through Dec. 18th, 2005 (red), 2006 (green), 2007 (purple), 2008 (yellow)
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Old 12-22-2008, 07:46 AM
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we just bought a home right off U STREET one block to metro,,,,,,I have two daughters ( 21 and 23 )and a wife.It wasn't safe I would not have bought it.
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